Humanities Mellon Scholars Program

Join the search for life’s meaning

The Humanities Mellon Scholars program allows transfer students from the Foothill-De Anza Community College District to earn a four-year degree in the humanities at USF.

This program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, responds to a growing need for professionals who are skilled in innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving. Studying the humanities is a powerful way to develop these abilities. By examining the records of human experience — including the visual arts, literature, film, and philosophy — students develop a lifelong practice of inquiry that fosters deep knowledge and wisdom about the past and present, and guides them in imagining the future.

Humanities Mellon Scholars complete university transfer requirements at Foothill and De Anza colleges. Upon completion, students are guaranteed a transfer pathway to earn a bachelor’s degree in a humanities program at USF’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Financial Benefits

Students are eligible for a USF scholarship of up to $10,000 a year as a fill-in to other financial aid they may receive. They’re also eligible for research assistant positions, paid summer internships, conference travel funds, and financial support for course materials.


As a Mellon Scholar at USF, students have access to support services designed to increase their transfer success, including one-on-one mentorship. Mellon Scholar Coordinators and faculty meet with students regularly to help navigate course schedules, locate research assistantships, identify internship opportunities, and guide them through degree completion.

Eligible Majors

Any major in the arts, humanities, and social sciences from the College of Arts and Sciences is eligible for selected Mellon Scholars, with some exceptions such as architecture and design. It's best to check with the program coordinator if you're interested in a major that is outside one of those areas. The College of Arts and Sciences offers many pathways that scholars can take to support their successful completion in the 2-year timeline. In addition the program coordinator can assist with mapping out pathways for any arts, humanities, or social science major.

Nicole Gonzales Howell
Mellon Scholar Coordinator
(415) 422-4984

Contact Info

Humanities Mellon Scholars Program

David L. Garcia, Program Assistant

Kalmanovitz Hall 281 (415) 422-6066